In our column Meet a local we present interesting individuals from different professional fields living in Belgrade. The idea is to get to know some locals and their favorite neighborhoods and venues in the city.
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
David Pujadó (Catalan) is born in Barcelona, but living in Belgrade for almost 10 years. I’m a photographer and cultural event organizer. Many years ago I have opened Бартcелона concept (at the time it was the only private and commercial photography gallery in Belgrade), after that, I continued with Бартcелона pop-up gallery project. I’m also a founder and director of Belgrade Photo Month and Belgrade Photo book week, and my most recent project was the second edition of the Dani katalonskog filma organized with the Institut Ramon Llull from Catalonia in the Yugoslav Film Archive. The last project was opened in Novi Sad, on 16.11.2022 for the 100th anniversary of Saramago and it is a great project done hand by hand with Sofia Marinho and with the essential support of the Embassy of Portugal in Belgrade and the Instituto Camoes.
Has there been a new project lately?
Actually, I’m working on the new Belgrade Photo Month edition and on a couple of new projects that will most probably not take place in Belgrade… you know there is plenty of Serbia beyond Dorcol and Belgrade.
What do you like about Belgrade?
The energy! To enjoy the good vibes and to fight the mental ones. Not a wild, but not so “according to the rules” way of living in Serbia. The eternal improvisation has a part that I really enjoy, you can be sure that in between Central Northern Europe or the Mediterranean I have no doubt, I’ll choose always the sun. From the first moment when I visited Belgrade as a tourist, something that I liked the most are the people, and I still do. However, 10 years later my eyes and ears are less innocent than were before.
Where do you like to go out?
I am not a club-goer, but I have my favorite ones… and luckily very near my home. Strogi Centar, in Gospodar Jevremova, or Lift in Cetinjska are my favorite clubs.
Name 3 of your favorite restaurants in the city.
Ummm, few ones… Smokvica in Gospodar Jovanova and Kralja Petra. Restaurant Tri, the new one in Svetogorska 46 is the best and you can go there just for a drink as well. Regarding Serbian traditional food, my favorite restaurant is Grmec in Makedonska St.
Where do you drink coffee?
Can you let me change a coffee for a beer? Hvala! Centrala in Simina St. and Meduza in Gospodar Jevremova street. I have a kind of emotional connection with Meduza bar and also April in Zetska is great.
Where do you spend your leisure time?
Can I take a beer again? Jajaja Let me say… I love to spend time in Brodic, on the Sava riverside, near Sajam. I used to go more before than now… but still is one of my favorite places and is not a matter of a drink or a pizza is the space that invites you to pass the time with your closest friends. For the last few months, I do something similar with a very good group of friends in La Chona, a Mexican corner in Dorcol, Kneginje Ljubice St., where we can share thoughts with a beer and some simple but good Mexican food. I love to go to Ada, more in the summer, but in the winter Ada is still very beautiful. I love to walk around, often from Dorcol to Vracar, but sometimes around the river or around New Belgrade. I love to go to flea markets e.g. Pancevo flea market is my favorite choice.
Name your 3 favorite locations in Belgrade and justify your choice.
… As a lover of post-WWII Architecture and architecture in general, the Palace of Serbia is my favorite building in Serbia.
In relation to arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Usce park, near the Sava and Danube, is a perfect place where to spend time and enjoy art. The building itself is an art piece designed by Ivanka Raspopović and Ivan Antić, but the most beautiful building is the Galerija legat Milice Zorić i Rodoljuba Čolakovića.
And my home is my nest since when I arrived from Barcelona. The space that I share with my family, Preda, with the friends that come from abroad and sleep here, or the ones that I hang out with. My nest is my favorite place, which I enjoy the most. I work, cook, read, listen to music, watch movies or even enjoy the lockdown. Whoever wants to come, grab a couple of beers the doors will be open!
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